Off-duty Middle Township Police Officer Injured by Allegedly Drunk Motorist in Cape May Courthouse

As a New Jersey DWI defense lawyer, I should not have to tell anyone that injuring a police officer in a traffic-related incident can lead to serious consequences. Combine this kind of traffic offense with drunken driving and you have all the elements of a bad outcome for the motorist charged with driving while intoxicated. While this seems like a worst-case scenario, it happened recently in Middle Township, NJ.

According to new reports, a police corporal received serious injuries as a result of a collision caused by a supposedly drunk driver. The accident occurred on Saturday, January 2, when Middle Township Police received a call of a pedestrian-car traffic accident in front of a TJ Maxx in Cape May Court House. When officers arrived, they found that the injured pedestrian was an off-duty Middle Township Police officer, Corporal Fran Fiore.

Fiore was transported to Cape Regional Medical Center with serious leg injuries as a result of being pinned between two vehicles. Based on an investigation by police, Fiore was apparently parked in front of the TJ Maxx on the Route 9 side and was standing behind his minivan loading items through the open rear hatch. According to police reports, a Dodge 1500 pickup truck driven by 51-year-old Edward R. Williams backed into Fiore pinning the officer’s legs between the vehicles. Williams then pulled his vehicle forward and parked.

The off-duty officer requested a bystander to take the vehicle keys away from the driver of the pickup truck while waiting for assistance to arrive. Williams was subsequently arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) and transported to police headquarters. He was also charged with aggravated assault by auto in the third degree. Bail was reportedly set at $50,000.

Middle Twp Corporal Seriously Injured By Alleged Drunk Driver,
CapeMayCountyHerald.com, January 2, 2010